Origins: Although it may be customary in our part of the world for parents to christen their children with names that are popular or "sound nice," youngsters' names have traditionally been derived from a variety of sources. Parents have named their children after favored relatives, admired personages (or even several admired personages, as in the case of former baseball player Cal McLish, who was born "Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish"), geographic locales (the first Major League baseball commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, was named after the site of a Civil War battle), just plain nonsensical terms (the fate of musician Frank Zappa's daughter,
Fisherman Stalin and his wife Jesurani, who use only one name, ran for safety carrying their baby when the tsunamis hit their coastal village in the Colachel area of Tamil Nadu state.
In a similar tale of hope overcoming despair, a woman in Port Blair, capital of India's Andaman and Nicobar islands, also named her prematurely born boy Tsunami.1
Daily Libertatea said Cornelia and Nonu Dragoman, both from Transylvania, met and decided they were meant for each other following a three-month relationship over the net.
They married and had a baby this Christmas, whom they decided to name after one of the worldwide web's most popular portals. "We named him Lucian Yahoo after my father and the net, the main beacon of my life," Cornelia Dragoman was quoted as saying.2
Earlier this month, major Bucharest daily Libertatea published a story saying two Romanians had named their baby Yahoo and printed a picture of his birth certificate. The news was widely picked up on the Internet.
"It was the reporter's child's birth certificate, which he modified," said Simona Ionescu, Libertatea's deputy editor-in-chief on Monday. "We fired him."
She said Ion Garnod, who had worked for the paper for several years, had admitted inventing the story to look good.3
1. The New Zealand Herald. "Tsunami Stories." 11 January 2005. 2. Reuters. "Yahoo! It's a Boy!" CNN.com 14 January 2005. 3. Reuters. "Reporter Fired Over Fake Yahoo Baby." 24 January 2005.